The San Antonio Cocktail Conference, which premiered in San Antonio this past January, is coming back after the new year with promises of a little more of everything.
Cocktail novices and enthusiasts, industry experts, sponsors, and regional and national media will all be headed to San Antonio for this year's conference, which runs Jan. 17-20. Of course, the event is also open to the cocktail-loving public.
Combining education with fun are seminars, tastings, evening soirees, after parties and more — all of which will benefit HeartGift San Antonio, a non-profit organization that provides life-saving heart surgery to children in areas where necessary care is unavailable.
“San Antonio Cocktail Conference 2013 will have more to offer than ever before, and will continue to bring the cocktail community together. Last year was a huge success, raising $57,000 for HeartGift, and my goal is to exceed that donation this year,” says Mark Bohanan, owner and executive chef of Bohanan's Restaurant & Bar
The conference opens Jan. 17 at the Majestic Theater, where ambassadors of select spirit brands will host a number of bars throughout the three levels of this historic building. Accompanying this crafting and serving of specialty cocktails will be jazz from six-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval.
The following day brings a full day of classes and parties for cocktail beginners and aficionados as well as the Original Cocktail Competition. In the evening enjoy a Tiki party at El Tropicano/Lani Kai and events at Luke, SoHo and The Esquire Tavern.
Saturday, Jan. 19, will present even more daytime cocktail craft seminars. Enjoy a beautiful view of downtown from atop double-decker buses, provided by City Sightseeing Double Decker, as you make your way to the street-level evening events at Bar 1919, Bohanan’s Restaurant & Bar, and The Brooklynite.
One after-party ticket gives you access to two late-night bashes. Head over to Hyatt Regency San Antonio's Lone Star Palace, which overlooks the historic Alamo or swing by The Menger Bar where hosts Jason Kosmas and The 86 Company keep the fun flowing.
Round out the Cocktail Conference with a delicious Sunday morning brunch hosted by Tito’s Vodka and a tequila cocktail event at La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar.
Stay tuned for ticket information, a full and detailed class schedule and more information here.